Are you in the process of shopping for a home, and think you've finally discovered the one you want to make an offer on? If so, you may not think much about the home being vacant. After all, it is common for homeowners to move out of their current home before selling their old one, so not having anything in the home may not be a reason to be concerned. However, it is important that you ask yourself these questions to ensure that you're getting a good home.
Does The HVAC System Work?
When a home is vacant, it is common to step into the home and have it feel a bit hot or cold. After all, no one is living in the home so there is no reason to have the thermostat set to a temperature that is going to waste energy. That said, you'll want to know if the HVAC system is working or not.
Don't be afraid to turn on the heat and see if the furnace is actually generating heat. If it's warm outside, you can also test the air conditioner. Just make sure not to do it in the winter, since you can seriously damage the air conditioner due to running it in cold outdoor temperatures.
Are There Plumbing Problems?
Not having the HVAC system running can also cause a problem with the plumbing. If there's water in the pipes and the house isn't being heated, it can potentially cause those pipes to burst. If the thermostat is not set to a safe temperature for the winter, verify that the water pipes in the basement are still in good condition after being left unheated during the cold weather
Is There A Pest Problem?
Not having people living at the home could also mean that there are pests that have made their way into the home. Look for signs of rodents and bugs, since it's an indication that they could be getting in from some place around the home's foundation. You may request that the previous owner takes care of this problem before you move into the home.
Is There Storm Damage?
An empty home may also be neglected from storm damage. Take a look at the outside of the home and see if you noticed things such as loose or missing shingles. If you are going to move forward with purchasing the home, you'll want this damage fixed as soon as possible so more storm damage does not occur.